Canada Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP)

Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP)


What is AFIP

What is Agri-Food Immigration Pilot (AFIP)?

AFIP for short, is an immigration program for experienced non-seasonal worker, especially in meat processing and mushroom production. Launched in May 2020, it is planned to be implemented for three years. The language requirements of this immigration program are low, and the educational requirements only require high school or above.

There are three types of occupations eligible for the Canadian Agriculture Pilot Immigration Application.

  1. Manufacturer of meat products
  • NOC B 6311 – Retail Butchers
  • NOC C 9462 – Industrial Butchers
  • NOC B 8252 – Farm Supervisors and Professional Livestock Workers
  • NOC D 9617 – Food Processing Workers

2. Greenhouse, nursery and flower cultivation production

  • NOC B 8252 – Farm Supervisors and Professional Livestock Management Workers
  • NOC C 8431 – Regular Farm Workers
  • NOC D 8611 – Harvest workers

3. For animal production, excluding aquaculture:

  • NOC B 8252 – Farm Supervisors and Professional Livestock Management Workers
  • NOC C 8431 – Regular Farm Workers

Eligible Occupations

  • Accumulate one year of full-time Canadian work experience in eligible industries and occupations through the Temporary Foreign Worker Program;
  • Low language requirement CLB 4, English or French;
  • An eligible full-time Canadian job offer;
  • High school or above;
  • Have sufficient resettlement funds;
  • Maintain valid temporary resident status (if the applicant is already in Canada).

There is an annual limit to the number of applications for each occupation, on top of ensuring a range of workforce needs are met.

  • Farm Supervisor or Professional Livestock Worker (NOC B 8252) : 50
  • Butchers in industrial production (NOC C 9462) or butchers in retail trade (NOC B 6331) : 1470
  • Food processing workers (NOC D 9617) : 730
  • General farm worker (NOC C 8431) : 200
  • Harvest workers (NOC D 8611) : 300


  • No scoring/grading system;
  • No age limit, but preferably 18-53;
  • Low educational requirements, high school and above educational requirements;
  • Language requirement low CLB 4;
  • The federal pilot program has a relatively short trial period.

Submission Method

  • Can be applied online
  • Can be applied by mail. Mailing address: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, Agri-Food Pilot Program Centralized Intake Office, PO BOX 8700 Sydney, NS B1P 0G2 Canada


Q: Which occupations or majors are suitable for this program? Can accounting, IT, etc. all apply?

A: The project has no occupational or major restrictions. Any major can apply, but it is best to have experience related to the project.

Q: Can I apply without any work experience?

A: No work experience is required when applying, and 1 year of work experience in a designated industry in Canada is required when submitting the Maple Leaf Card.

Q: What level is CLB 4 equivalent to IELTS?

A: It is equivalent to IELTS class G reading 3.5, writing 4, listening 4.5, speaking 4.0.

Q: Who is AFIP suitable for?

A: Candidates who meet the minimum requirements and have an eligible job offer from an employer in an eligible occupation are eligible to submit an application.

Q: Can my spouse apply for a work visa to find a job?

A: No. AFIP is mainly aimed at NOC C/D positions. The spouse cannot obtain an open work visa and can only enter the country with a tourist visa or accompanying student visa.


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Processing Time

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Temporary Resident Visa
33 Days
Visitor Record
84 Days
Super Visa 92 Days
Study Permit Made Outside Canada
15 Weeks
Study Permit Made Intside Canada
12 Weeks
Study Permit Extension 45 Days
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Outside Canada 15 Weeks
Post Graduation Work Permit Made Inside Canada 91 Days
Briding Open Work Permit
91 Days
Canadian immigration application processing time
Express Entry
5 Months
Provincial Nominee Program
11 Months
Self-employed Immigration
51 Months
Federal Skilled Worker Program
5 Months
Start-up Visa
37 Months
Spouse/CommonLaw Sponsorship
11 Months
(Grand) Parents Sponsorship
20 Months
Canadian Citizenship/PR Card processing time
8 Months
PR Card
72 Days
PR Card Renewal
60 Days

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